I am a closet kikay.

One night, while I was undergoing my (sometimes) nightly rituals, I realized something. For a person that professes to be simple, basic and far from being kikay, I had a loooot of said stuff in my room. Hand lotions, moisturizers, bath soaps and salts, hair products, perfumes, oils, and makeup items are situated along my shelves and tabletops, not unlike soldiers waiting to be called into service. Another lightbulb moment: I hardly bought any of them.

kikay loot

It’s not a secret that I am crazy about pasalubongs. I love it. I ask for it, actually, (sometimes verging on the inappropriate). Whenever I hear/read online that a friend or acquaintance is traveling, it’s usually among the first (or last) thing that I’ll mention. Heaven forbid, I forget to remind my friend for my pasalubong.

And admit it, when you’re overseas or on a trip, and you’re thinking of getting something for a female friend/relative/co-worker, the easiest thing that comes to mind (and are relatively safe choices) are body products such as lotions and perfumes. It’s also the go-to gift for bridal showers, birthdays, anniversaries, christmas.. It’s clichéd because it works. I, for one, love getting these as gifts. And I think I’m not alone.  I am a sucker for all these, especially when they come in yummy scents! Personally, I generally go straight for citrusy/minty scents or green tea (never could go wrong with that). But because of gifts, I have been exposed to a variety of scents, textures and products that I might not have known.

So, in short, I would like to thank everyone (relatives, friends, neighbors, companies) that have contributed to my little stash of kikayness. and also.. to keep ’em coming. 🙂

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Plan B: Brasas!

Last Saturday, my friends and I went to dinner at Brasas at the Podium. The initial plan was to dine at a buffet but we couldn’t make up the minimum number of people to avail of the promo. :p Nevertheless, Plan B was quite a success.

Having just a vague idea of what Brasas serves (Latin American Street Food), we headed to the top floor of Podium to find out.

When asked what their bestsellers were, the Rice Platter and the Beef Grill Wrap were mentioned. So Ian and I ordered the Beef Grill Wrap and the Chicken Rice Platter.

chicken rice plattergrill beef wrap

The chicken platter rice is made up of strips of char-grilled chicken, yellow rice, a plantain chip with chimichurri sauce. I really enjoyed this dish! The flavor was superb, the chicken moist and the rice was the sticky kind that I LOVE. The sauce was perfect for the dish. I had a taste of the wrap – which is strips of chargrilled beef, roasted bell pepper, sauteed onions in a flour tortilla. It’s served with 2 kinds of sauces – the chipotle sauce and a cheese sauce. Personally, I preferred the chipotle sauce which had an extra kick.

patacones

The first order to arrive was actually my friend Lyn’s. She ordered Patacones for the table which are plantain chips with smoked pulled pork, tomato salsa and cheese on top. These were amazing. We literally inhaled it as soon as it came. Best to eat them while hot, because once left to cool, the plantain chips becomes a bit hard.

beef rice platterpulledpork

The beef rice platter was exactly the same as the chicken one with tender juicy beef strips as its main ingredients. We also ordered the pulled pork sandwich which was good as well. The queso sauce was perfect with the accompanying french fries.

Pastel de choclopuercoasado

The Pastel de Choclo was, and i quote, “a Latin American version of shepherd’s pie” using corn mash instead of mashed potato. This was a lovely surprise and I really liked it. (Too bad it wasn’t my order so I made do with a quick and delightful taste. 🙂 Thanks Charo!) Puerco Asado is a dish of slow roasted, very tender pork belly and a veeerryy crispy & crunchy pork skin. I could literally hear Cho eat it!

Verdict: A very successful night of eating out. Good food, affordable and reasonable prices and good company. I’ll definitely be back. 🙂

The Gift of MisisPi

While I’m at home, trying to recover from all the fun I had during the holidays, let me wax poetic about a gift we got from one of our Ninangs (from the wedding).

It came prettily wrapped in a brown box with gold ribbon and a leaf ornament. It certainly piqued our interest regarding its contents… presenting MisisPi’s Oatmeal Cookies.Image

Not being aware of the product, we were pleasantly surprised by how good it was! It was crunchy while not being overly dry and very delicious! Each bite invites you to take more and more until you find yourself reaching for the next cookie. ImageAs you can see, we’re halfway through the first bundle of oatmeal cookies.. and we just got the gift last night. :p

You can find more information about MisisPi, her cookies and other products through http://www.misispi.com. It’s where I got the first pic actually since the hubby and I totally forgot to take a picture of the packaging in our haste to discover what lies within. 🙂